Jet Lag Pill Just a Few Years Away, Say Scientists

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  1. sobore
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    http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/scientists-jet-lag-pill/story?id=20121678

    Jet lag may soon join "weight loss," "allergy symptoms," and "birth control" as a category at the pharmacy counter.

    Researchers at the University of Oxford have identified a gene that can be manipulated to limit the impact of travel across time zones, and speed recovery time. Scientists say a pill doing just that may be only a few years away, according to a report in The Independent.

    "We've identified a system that actively prevents the body clock from re-adjusting," Dr. Stuart Peirson, the study team leader and a senior research scientist at Oxford's Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, told The Independent. "If you think about, it makes sense to have a buffering mechanism in place to provide some stability to the clock… But it is this same buffering mechanism that slows down our ability to adjust to a new time zone and causes jet lag."

    In tests with lab mice, Peirson and his team exposed subjects to a series of light and dark patterns that mimicked changes in time zones. Typically, humans require one day to recover from each zone traveled.

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    Hopefully without side effects, but overall this could be a great development and will be eagerly awaited by many.
    I only wish they would find some "natural" help to lighten Jet Lag, this would be even better news. We will wait and see.
     
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